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MDOT has 143 construction projects on tap for 2018

The Michigan Department of Transportation has 143 construction projects either already in the works or planned for this year around the state. Thirty-three of those projects are in Metro Detroit. Among the most notable construction projects is the Interstate 696 reconstruction and resurfacing in Oakland and Macomb counties. In Macomb County, a $90 million project will rebuild I-696 between I-75 and I-94, while in Oakland County, a $20 million project will include asphalt joint repairs and concrete replacement between I-94 and I-275. The dual projects will mean lane closures and other restrictions on one of Metro Detroit’s busiest arteries, which carries about 150,000 vehicles a day. Work on I-696 begins in the spring and runs through November. In Wayne County, motorists driving southbound on I-75 are familiar with the 17 miles of bridge work in southwest Detroit between Springwells Street and Gibraltar Road. Southbound lanes are closed from Springwells to US-24 connector. Northbound lanes are closed nightly and weekends, with at least two lanes open during peak periods. There is one northbound lane closed from Sibley Road to Northline Road. This project continues through December. “During the 2018 construction season, MDOT and the state’s other 600-plus road agencies will work hard to maintain traffic and ease the burden of construction on travelers,” MDOT spokesman Jeff Cranson said in an email. MDOT also is involved in a two-year I-96/I-196 overpass conversion project in Grand Rapids that will begin in July and go through November 2019. A new eastbound bridge will be constructed over westbound I-196. Another two-year project involves I-94 pavement repair through Jackson between M-60 and Sargent Road, replacing bridges at Cooper Street and over the Grand River. It is slated to begin in June and wrap up in December 2019. In Flint, three miles of I-69 will be reconstructed this month, including ramps and repairs to Hammerburg Road overpass. Work is expected to go until November. There also is a US-2 bridge replacement project ongoing in Escanaba, which will leave one lane open in each direction until September. Surfacing projects also will occur along I-75 in the northern Lower Peninsula near Gaylord and Cheybogan County. To see just where the orange barrels will appear, visit www.michigan.gov/mdotmaps. “The yearly construction map is an excellent snapshot showing the extensive work MDOT has planned for the year to improve the state's roads and bridges," said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle in a statement. "It's also a useful tool to help drivers prepare for work zones along their planned route.”

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